Coconut oil – Superfood or a Superfraud?

Magazine articles, Instagram feeds and celebrity interviews have consistently been awash with the virtues of coconut oil in recent years. It might seem then that I’m late to the party with this post. But a study released in July 2017 by LiveLighter found 75% percent of Australians rated coconut oil as healthy, compared with just 15 percent…

Smoothies: Are they healthy?

You throw some fruit, kale, protein powder and a splash of juice into your Nutribullet for a super-nutritious drink. Your smoothie each morning might seem like a healthy choice; but are you getting more than you bargain for in each sugary sip? Smoothies are made from blending fruit and/or vegetables with liquid such as juice or yoghurt,…

Welcome to your 2017 plate: food trends for the year

It’s an exciting time for me. Lover of the novel and unique; my news feed in January brings me joy in the form of list upon list of the new and interesting foods I can spend all year trying. So I’ve rounded up my favourites and added a few of my own. Welcome to your 2017…

A guide to wraps

Lunch is one my top three favourite meals of the day and like all meals, I take it very seriously. So when Juliette Stein over at Huffington Post asked me to talk food, I was only too happy to oblige. Find the article reproduced below, and here. Wraps are one of the easiest and quickest meals…

Wine: Can it ever be healthy?

Wine: Can it ever be healthy? The pop of a cork, the unmistakable sound of a glass filling with wine, the expectation of the first sip. There is almost a ceremony around feeling a cool Sauvignon Blanc, or a hearty Merlot slide down your throat. For many, a glass or two, or three, is associated…

Yoghurt: The best and worst

You may have noticed a heavy presence of dairy-related topics in my blog. Many of my posts centre around it in some form: I love all things dairy, whether it’s milk, yoghurt or cheese. My favourite snack currently is yoghurt and being the nutrition nerd I am, I compared over sixty yoghurts currently available in…

Sugar: Toxic or a treat?

Sugar. Something that makes the medicine go down? Or a sinful poison? Sugar 101 Sugar is a type of carbohydrate, a substance contained in most of the foods we eat. Some carbohydrate-based foods are healthier (think vegetables, fruits and dairy), while others are less healthy. The less healthy carbohydrates are chocolate, sweets, ice cream and soft…

10 Healthy Snack Ideas

When the mid-morning munchies strike, keep healthy snacks on hand to tide you over until your next main meal. Is it ok to snack between meals? A couple of small snacks a day in between main meals provides extra nutrition, stabilises blood sugar levels and stops us getting too hungry (meaning we are less likely to overeat at…

Food trends: Pea Milk

Move over kale and coconut water – there are some new food trends ready to take centre stage this year. This week the spotlight is on Pea Milk What is it? Almond milk latte, quinoa milk porridge, or a refreshing coconut milk on ice. The market for plant milks have surged in the past few years,…

Food Aphrodisiacs: Do They Really Work?

Oysters, chilli, chocolate and champagne. If you haven’t heard already, these are just some of the foods credited with putting some ‘va va voom’ back in the bedroom. But do they actually work, or is it all a bunch of (non libido enhancing) baloney? I spoke to the Huffington Post about whether stockpiling oysters and…

Can sleep make you fat?

  You’ve got the diet under control (aside from a cheeky sweet treat here and there), have skipped the last few Friday night drinks, and are making friends with the treadmill at the gym. But you just can’t seem to shift those last few kilos and you don’t know why. The answer might be as easy…

A guide to: Crackers

Walk into the biscuit aisle of the supermarket and you’ll see an endless array of colourful packages for crackers and crispbreads, with many claiming to be ‘healthy’ and ‘natural’. But which one is the healthiest, and what should we be searching for when shopping? Crackers 101 Start by looking for the word wholegrain on packets. A cracker…